All entries for February 2007
February 25, 2007
God, we spoil you lot. This week the show started 6 and a bit minutes late because the show before us was interviewing Ash’s support act, who turned up very late because of traffic. The low droning the background all the way through the show is Ash warming up, so sorry about that.
- The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
- Chris is late to the studio, so I have to introduce the show on my own. It doesn’t go well.
- Klaxons – Golden Skans
- Idlewild – No Emotion
- Chris finally arrives, migraine and all. We argue about exactly how late he is, and come to the conclusion that he’s wrong.
- Maximo Park – Our Velocity
- Bloc Party – The Prayer (Well, half of it)
At this point, we were trying to queue up some stuff on the digital playback system for the next link. The plan was to do a faux news broadcast, complete with the news jingle and the RaW news bedding. Unfortunately, the dps died spectacularly when trying to load the news bedding (we think because the file didn’t exist), the music cuts out… rabbits in the headlights!
- We break the rules of radio by talking about technical stuff. Bloc Party are awesome, then we do faux news. Tony Blair rises from the dead at Easter, houmous is withdrawn from restaurants because of a salmonella scare. Who the hell is Tony Blour? Travel news live from campus. The travel is… Friday
- Gwen Stefani ft. Akon – The Sweet Escape
- The Shins – Phantom Limb
- Chris unexpectedly becomes a massive racist. Lebanese restaurants, cats can survive falls onto their feet from 7 floors and upwards, and chimps hunt with spears apparantly.
- Badly Drawn Boy – A Journey from A to B
- CSS – Off The Hook
- The best album of last year? Chris and I were basically in Hot Fuzz.
- The Magic Numbers – This is a Song
- The Decemberists – O, Valencia
- The Magic Numbers are damn cheats. Someone requests lots of metal songs in a bout of optimism…
- Muse – Hysteria
Back once again like a renegade master, although over a week late. My bad.
In this week’s podcast:
- Bloc Party – I Still Remember
- The Shins – Phantom Limb
- Introducing the show, talking about the snow the week before. We’re doing last week’s show… this week! Yay.
- Manic Street Preachers – Tsunami
- Presidents of the USA – Peaches
- Who shot the sherrif? SU elections, Chris got elected to King of the World. Do staff care about students? Chris still hates Christianity despite his dad being a bishop. Sound.
- The Futureheads – Hounds of Love
- CSS – Alcohol
- Randy Newman is a member of CSS, I mess around with the equipment and damn near break it. Chris got arrested, ha!
- Klaxons – Two Receivers
- Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Godhopping
- We play Celebrity Two Word Tango again. Miiistaaake!
- Muse – Recess
- Idlewild – No Emotion
- Househunting, throwing up, Nintendo Wii
- Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo
- Rachmaninoff, deadsies or not? Messing around with the kit, what terrible production…
- Radiohead – The Bends
February 18, 2007
As many of you will know, Hope of the States split up last year, failing to see through to the end their however-many-albums contract with Sony. I don’t know the details; my friend Arfie – who is a Hope of the States MEGAFAN – filled me in but I’ve forgotten what it was all about. Anyway, a few months ago the same friend introduced me to Troubles, a group comprised of several ex-members of Hope of the States and producing some of the most fantastic ambient music I have heard in, ooh, at least 20 months.
Sam from Hope of the States, now in Troubles, pictured here pondering the most cool angle to hold a cigarette
Last term I must have played Tinderboxes (listen below) about 100-200 times and I still enjoy it, along with the other tracks on their EP/album. I don’t know what this EP/album was called and amazon isn’t my friend on this one so I’ll have to direct you to their myspace page for more information. This track Tinderboxes sounds like it belongs in Shadow of the Colossus. At one of the upbeat, happy bits though – not the bits when you’re killing innocent colossi what don’t even deserve it or nuffin’.
Troubles’ mix of strings, percussion and guitar/keyboard/musicbox creates an intoxicating environment of BLAH BLAH BLAH I really hate that style of music journalism so shall stop right there. Listen to Troubles. Enjoy Troubles.
P.S. It’s worth noting that their wikipedia page suggests they’re moving away from ambient, closer to their post-rock sensibilities. Since I have no idea what post-rock really means, I’m just going to ignore that and hope they continue pumping out beautiful ambient pieces. Hell, Brian Eno seems more concerned with making poncey light shows and producing Coldplay’s latest album these days so, I mean, SERIOUSLY.
P.P.S. I know Troubles’ Myspace page is a bit pretentious. I think it’s POST-pretentious though, so that’s okay mm-hmmm yeah uh-huh.
February 15, 2007
February 03, 2007
In this week's extravagence of excellence:
- The Strokes - Juicebox
- Klaxons - Golden Skans
- The Beautiful South - Pretenders To The Throne
- The Libertines - Time For Heroes
- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - In This Home On Ic [REQUEST]
- Bloc Party - Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
- Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels
- Lily Allen - Alfie
- We Are Scientists - Nobody Move, Nobody Gets Hurt
- The Cranberries - Linger
- KISS - God Gave Rock And Roll To You